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South Korea and Spain to Discuss Possible Swap Deal – Trainer Jets for Transport Aircraft

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SEOUL, South Korea, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On Sunday, South Korean government and industry sources reported the local media that the Asian nation and Spain are about to hold talks for a possible swap deal concerning the exchange of trainer jets with transport planes. The discussion is said to take place in Madrid, this month, on a joint military defense committee meeting between the both countries, where they will discuss different bilateral issues, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to arms procurement official, at the moment the swap deal is not on the agenda of the forthcoming bilateral meeting, which is due to be finalized by the end of this week, but the both sides are open to discuss it. The source also revealed that the exchange may involve near 50 basic and advanced trainer jets produced by Korea Aerospace Industries and four to six Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters of the Spanish armed forces.

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Another source, related to the industry, said that the proposal came from Spain, in attempt to replace its Air Force’s aging fleet of Chilean ENAER T-35C Pillan jets, and it was made at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, held in the U.K., last July. For that purpose, Spain seeks to buy 34 KAI KT-1 Woongbi, which are basic trainer aircraft and 20 more KAI T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic light combat aircraft for advanced pilot training. On the other hand, it is a known fact that South Korea wants to acquire a new larger transport aircraft for longer-range missions, and is considering buying the Spanish Airbus A400M or the U.S.’s Boeing C-17 as such.

Initially, under the A400M program, Spain has ordered 27 Airbus’ cargo planes but then it has decided not to use all of them, so the surplus of 13 A400M tactical airlifters is about to be sold to other countries, with the approval of the manufacturer. And to South Korea, Spain plans to sell four to six of its A400Ms. The cited source also reports that if the swap deal is concluded, its total amount would be about $890 million.

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On the topic, a KAI spokesman told that any swap deal was delegated to the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and its Spanish counterpart, and now the Korean company was waiting on the results.

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On 19 October, the South Korean Air Force revealed the intention of the service to expand its current fleet of transport aircraft by the acquisition of four more large cargo planes under an airlift procurement program. Its preliminary research on the requirements is set to take place between 2019 and 2020 and the request for proposals for full operational capability – by 2022. The Airbus A400M is rated as a strong competitor, observing the fact that the production of C-17 Globemaster III is currently stopped by Boeing.

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RUAG and Elbit Systems to Form a Joint Venture

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/A logo of Swiss defence equipment maker RUAG at a branch in Zurich, Switzerland, 23rd March 2018.

BERN, Switzerland and HAIFA, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last week the Swiss company RUAG and the Israel-based international defence electronics company Elbit Systems announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the companies to form a Joint Venture Company, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The new entity will be established in Switzerland with a joint team comprised of experts from both companies, who have already started their work in collaboration.

The CEO of RUAG Defence, Andreas Berger, commented, “We at RUAG Defence are looking forward to working with Elbit Systems and we are convinced that this collaboration will allow us to support the Swiss Army with our proven competence and professionalism.”

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The Joint Venture Company will allow the companies to synergize and leverage their respective competences and in this way it will serve as a national Communication and System Competence Centre of Excellence in support of the needs and requirements of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). In addition, it will act as a knowledge centre for the purposes of the companies’ joint efforts with regard to a DDPS’ communication program of the Swiss Defence Ministry and other joint endeavours in the future.

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“It is a privilege to be in a position to offer technologically advanced and operational solutions for the Swiss Armed Forces. We are proud to join forces with RUAG and believe that this collaboration will strengthen local support and engineering capabilities through transfer of knowhow,” said the Senior Vice President at Elbit Systems C4I & Cyber Haim Delmar.

About RUAG

The Swiss company RUAG develop and produce innovative products and services for customers all over the world and which are used on land, in the air and in space. The core business of RUAG Defence includes products and services for tracked and wheeled vehicles, realistic training for soldiers and reliable information and communication infrastructures, as well as protection solutions to counter ballistic and electromagnetic threats. Besides its sites in Switzerland, the company has branch offices and sales offices in France, Germany, Singapore and the Middle East, including partnerships all over the world.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems is an international high technology company headquartered in Israel. It operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, C4ISR, unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems.

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GBU-49 Dropped from F-35A for the First Time during Training

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The GBU-49 precision bomb made by Raytheon was dropped for the first time from the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II in combat training at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Lt Col Matthew Johnston commented, “Like any new weapon, what we learned, and what we will learn as we continue to train with the GBU-49, will directly impact our tactics and will make the F-35A even more lethal.”

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The test was conducted on 7th November 2018 by the US Air Force (USAF) 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron, stationed at Hill AFB, Utah. According to the service, during the combat training, weapons crews, maintainers, and pilots were assessed on their ability to build, load, and drop the weapons.

USAF F-35A pilots are being trained in dropping of the GBU-49 bomb in flight simulators at Hill AFB, however continued live trainings are part of the plans for refining their tactics and techniques. As reported by the United States Air Force, further training on the Utah Test and Training Range with live and inert GBU-49 bombs will be soon organized.

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The GBU-49 bomb is Raytheon’s Enhanced dual-mode GPS and Laser guided version of the laser-only GBU-12 bomb. Therefore, it is a converted “dumb” bomb, which is guided to its target through a laser and GPS. The precision weapon can be used against moving or stationary targets in a variety of weather conditions.

The F-35 Lightning II of Lockheed Martin is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multirole fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is developed for ground-attack and air-superiority missions. Its main models are three: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant.

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MyDefence Announced Successful Integration of Its C-UAS Sensors in Vehicle Platforms

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CARY, North Carolina, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – MyDefence Communication announced last week that the company had successfully integrated its Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) technology into the General Dynamics Land Systems Light Armoured Vehicle platform for the needs of military forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The CEO of MyDefence North America, Luke Layman, commented, “We are proud to announce the successful integration of our Counter UAS sensors into the General Dynamics Land Systems Light Armoured Vehicle platform. This is the first fully integrated Counter UAS solution available for mobile platforms with support for third-party battle management systems.”

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Advanced, networked radio-frequency (RF) sensors have been developed by MyDefence and the company has worked closely with General Dynamics Land Systems in order to integrate these drone sensors into a wheeled armoured vehicle platform so that to provide on-the-move detect and defeat capability of drones for military operators. Now, thanks to the integrated drone sensors, military operators will be able to effectively detect and defeat hostile drones used either for reconnaissance or as weapon delivery systems.

MyDefence first began integration tests together with the General Dynamics Land Systems platform last year. The platform has evolved since then and the Counter Unmanned Aerial System solution as of the moment can be fully integrated into any vehicle platform and provide the flexibility and scalability needed for military operators.

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The platform can detect drones through RF technology and defeat threats through smart jamming. The solution can be integrated with third-party battle-management systems (BMS), and through a standard tactical link, the mobile platform can communicate and provide feedback to any remote command and control (C2) system and thus ensure greater situational awareness and enhanced battlefield effectiveness.

About MyDefence

MyDefence is established by military officers. The company is specialized in developing sensors and effectors for military customers to counter the threat of hostile drones. It offers innovative and versatile Counter UAS solutions for any type of mission.

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JOBSS Delivered to Van Halteren Defence under the I-HCT Programme

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BUNSCHOTEN, the Netherlands (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Israeli Bagira Systems has delivered its Joint-fires BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS) to Van Halteren Defence. This move is part of the Integrated-Howitzer Crew Trainer (I-HCT) programme of Van Halteren Defence for the Royal Thai Army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Under the mentioned above programme, JOBSS was integrated with a battery of 105mm HCT devices and with the operational C2 system of the Royal Thai Army.

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The I-HCT of the Royal Thai Army features a virtual database of training areas and a battery of LG1, M101 and L119 105mm towed howitzers, which ensure training for practising the full fire support cycle: from the forward observer through the fire direction centre to the gun detachment.

Van Halteren has been engaged with the provision of HCTs since 1990 and the Royal Netherlands Army was its first customer. As of the moment, the company may make a boast of twelve international customers.

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Bagira explained that the joint-fires virtual training system, JOBSS, was designed by the company for the Israeli Defence Forces where it started its service two years ago, in 2016. Two export customers have also purchased the system.

Van Haltern Defence’s HCTs perform trainings with high-fidelity simulated guns and ammunition. The system has an instructor operating station, training ammunition, which is developed so that to look exactly like live ammunition, and a fully simulated recoiling howitzer for simulation of the effects of firing.

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The I-HCT ensures an integrated live and virtual training environment through Digital Dust, which is the concept of Bagira for LVC training, which includes all the simulators into one environment, which is based on the B-One simulation engine of the company.

As reported by Bagira, “all trainee’s activities and procedures are recorded and registered in order to enable a complete and extensive after action review and to ensure mission readiness.”

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